This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Peasant Hanging Out Laundry Essay

856 words - 3 pages

Berthe Morisot was a French painter and print maker. She was one of the first female Impressionist painters. She was born on January 14, 1841 and died on March 2, 1895 in Paris. Her was style was developed by the influence of her friend and later brother-in-law, Edouard Manet. Morisot's subjects are usually domestic subjects such as women, children, and scenes of nature. The particular painting I will focus on is called "Peasant Hanging out Laundry" or "Peasant Hanging Out the Washing" It was painted with oil on canvas in 1881 and is 46 x 67 cm. It is now located in the Carlsberg Museum in Copenhagen, Denmark.There is only one person in the painting. All our attention is drawn to her and her task. From the title of the work we know that this woman is a peasant. We can also tell by her clothing that she is a lower class person. Her apron is the brightest part of the painting so my attention is drawn there. She is outside with bush and trees all around her. They aren't defined and detailed. There is a clothes line on which she is hanging laundry and another one in the background. The same few colors are used throughout the picture. The pieces of laundry that look like they should be white are grayish with other colors. None of the subjects are just painted with solid, pure color. This is another technique of Impressionism. Impressionists wanted the viewer to mix the colors in their mind. "At close range the subject of a picture is virtually indistinguishable and it looks like the work of an abstract Impressionist concentrating on the evocative texture and color of paint, not on recognizable forms"(Giovanni, 457). The colors make me feel like the life of a peasant must be a very tiring and repetitious job. We can get the feeling of the drudgery of life. The colors become muddy and drab when we stare at it. Although the painting is not painted smoothly we can still get a sense of depth because of the different values of strokes put onto the canvas. "...a polished finish was the artistic requirement the Impressionists rebelled against" (Borzello, 159).Impressionists were interested in depicting everyday life, showing the effects of sunlight at different times of day, weather, atmosphere and the outdoors. This is a typical impressionist painting showing a lower class person doing an ordinary chore, outdoors. This painting represents the artist showing her loyalty to impressionist subjects. Morisot was of the upper middle class so it is interesting that she would want to spend the time to paint a peasant....

Find Another Essay On Peasant hanging out laundry

The Guggenheim Museum Essay

1760 words - 7 pages . Distressed, I turned to Zen. Epiphany When a man realizes that "there is", but does not know how to express "it", what is he like? Zen had been around me all this while, only I had not noticed it. Zen was in the supermarket interred in the pyramids of apples, Zen was in the laundromat, careening with my laundry. Zen, like the stillness of a swimming pool, was Munehiro Nakamura's "Japanese Tree." When I first saw Munehiro Nakamura's

The essay was written from the artist's prespective. I had to put myself in the shoes of an artist and describe what I thought was the value of art

1585 words - 6 pages will they proclaim it a miracle as I did when I looked at Brunelleschi Crucifix4 now hanging in the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella? Or will they only remember that I used to talk to the marble, as I did while carving Zuccone. I found that the marble responded when I would say "Speak, speak or be damned!"Filippo's depiction of the Crucifix had an astounding effect on my life. In 1412 I was commissioned to carve a Crucifix out of wood for Santa

organizing a bedroom

939 words - 4 pages amount of cloths being all over. To organize the closet, first, one needs to separate long hanging clothes such as coats, and dresses from short hanging clothes such as pants, and shirts. Use the bars to hang the hanging clothes. Use the empty space for a shoe stand, and a laundry hamper ("12 Ways to Organize the Bedroom" Para 7). “If you have a walk-in closet, approach it like an assembly line. The items you start dressing with should be the

Burn after Reading

785 words - 4 pages with beaten black earth floor. One day, when she was about 12, before the family woke, my Grandmother was completing the never-ending house chore of doing the family’s laundry assigned to her by her stepmother. In the front-yard of the little, whitewashed, clay house plopped in the middle of the Great Hungarian Plain, miles away from the next neighbour, she was wringing water out of hand-washed, heavy bed sheets and pillow cases. It took her

The Hardships Faced by Jackie Lee

904 words - 4 pages Jacky Lee was a farmer who was born in Beijing, China in 1960. He was the eldest son in the family containing two younger brothers and old parents. They lived in a little house besides their farm that was in the outskirts of Beijing, a populated city consisting of many peasant farmers at that time. His family had to work very hard on their farm to earn a living and feed themselves. At the age of twenty, in the year 1980, he got married to a

How to Clean a House Properly

1621 words - 6 pages numerous trips up and down the staircase. My list of supplies consists of these items: a vacuum, pledge, a dust cloth, window cleaner, paper towels, a hamper or clothes basket, and some extra energy. I start by picking up all the dirty laundry and placing it in the basket or hamper. I also make sure all toys, trash, clothes or whatever else that has been hidden, is out from under the beds and dressers. If there are any clean clothes on the beds or

Analysis of Terry McMillan's A Day Late and a Dollar Short

1148 words - 5 pages distance from the rest of the Price family in Las Vegas and California is perhaps a metaphor to the world that separates Charlotte from the rest of her family. She even acknowledges this when she states "Most of the time I feel like an outsider, 'cause I'm out her in Chicago and they all out there."(76) Charlotte's other siblings don't know much about her children. Through all the hanging up of phones and not seeing them in over four years, she

Effects of Conflict on Family: Analysis

1707 words - 7 pages and stay out of their way. Moments later dad returns and performs his best hysterical mom impression for the kids that leaves even mom laughing as she folds her umpteenth load of laundry”. As you can see they were fighting about laundry, but instead of making the conflict a big deal, the husband decided to make and effort and make a joke. This shows how important humor can be. Everyone gets a good laugh and no one gets hurt. More importantly

Caucasian chalk circle plot

2453 words - 10 pages . The Corporal arrives and demands to know why Grusha ran. When he turns to the peasant woman, the woman falls to her knees and reveals that Grusha left the child on her doorstep. She is led outside by the other soldier, and the Corporal goes to take a look at Michael. Grusha, in despair, seizes a log and hits him over the head with it, knocking him out. She then grabs Michael and rushes out of the house.She eventually reaches a glacier that has a

Americans cultural trends

897 words - 4 pages popular one was GTL which stands for Gym, Tanning, and Laundry which they did every day in order to staying fresh at maximum potential. Before the Jersey shore series my friend was very quiet, and mostly stayed home and did his homework. After watching this series he started dressing in Abercrombie and Fitch, says these mottos all day long, stop doing his homework, and studying so his grades dropped. Started hanging out with the bad kids, and

marxism feminism

861 words - 4 pages of society. The extraordinary continuity and repetitiveness of female labour cutting across temporal, spatial and geographical boundaries is one of the reasons for its invisibility. A good deal of women’s work, particularly domestic labour is not even recognized as work. The sight of a woman nursing a baby, hanging out the laundry, scrubbing the floor or blowing the grit out of her eyes as she stirs the pot is so common and deemed to be natural

Similar Essays

Short Story: Heavy Metal Housekeeping Essay

916 words - 4 pages struggles to become accepting of that loss of freedom led to an unstable relationship between her and her son ("The typical manifestations of a shabby and shattered home" Bozak 102). However, the mother doesn't want her son to experience the same loss of freedom as she did, which (if we follow the story's motif of laundry) can be seen from the obsession of hanging the black, heavy metal t-shirts in the basement to prevent them from fading (Bozak

Laundry Shop Business Plan Essay

6384 words - 26 pages ecological responsibility to the environment is not comprised.2.7 Services of the BusinessShiners' Laundromat is a one-stop shop for all things laundry and dry-cleaning. A list of the business's services are as follows:•Dry Cleaning - same day service before midday, drive in and pick up•Shirts Service - starched, folded or hanging•Formal Wear / Evening Wear•Delicate / Fragile / Silk - Hand Cleaned & Finished•Furnishings

Observation Of The Pub Essay

781 words - 3 pages the wall that is only partly visible because of the three arcade games standing in its way. Hanging from the ceiling there is a t.v monitor playing the news. In front of the arcade games is a round wooden table accompanied by two dark green plastic chairs and a coke machine with a faint buzz. To the right of the doors there is a large window that can barely be seen out of. In front of the window is a green newspaper stand

The Observation Of The American Dream In Winter Dreams

813 words - 3 pages he was able to find out that she is not all he cracked her up to be, just as the American Dream has its faults. Fitzgerald was able to capture the inner voice of the American Dream in Winter Dreams. As you read about Dexter, the main character, you can get the full vocalization of the American through his work, love, and his failure. Dexter becomes a wealthy man at a very young age by striving to by the best laundry in town, because of his hard